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Old 08-07-2007, 01:22 PM   #31
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

pete, not a bad player

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Old 08-07-2007, 01:56 PM   #32
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Kobe is clearly the better all round player (and I despise Kobe), but there is clearly a similarity to their situations and mentality.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:58 PM   #33
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

How about some numbers:

Pistol averaged (over 658 games at 37.2 MPG): 24.2 PPG at 44.1 FG% and 82% FT%, 4.2 PRG, 5.4 APG, 1.35 SPG, 0.25 BPG, 3.7 TO, 2.6 PF

Note: TOs were not recorded for Pistol's first 7 years. So this is the average of his last 142 games. ST and BLK were not tracked during his first 3 yrs so those #'s come from his last 434 games.

Kobe Bryant averaged (over 784 games at 36.2 MPG): 24.6 PPG at 45.3 FG% and 83.8 FT%, 5.2 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.49 SPG, 0.60 BPG, 2.91 TO, 2.6 PF

Neither figure includes the playoffs.

I say push, pretty much. IOW, the comparison has some basis.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:48 PM   #34
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:15 PM   #35
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_ee6Z4bDc

Watch this from the 2:35-5:00 mark and realize that the dude is like 55 years old here and years removed from his playing days. Sick, sick handle and coordination.

Then watch the Ultimate Pistol Pete Mix posted above and tell me that he couldn't average 20 ppg today. Watch it closely. Please...
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:24 PM   #36
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

I think Kobe probably stole some of Pete's moves and passing.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:19 PM   #37
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

I have somewhat of a soft spot for Pete, but even I think Kobe is a few good tiers ahead of him. When I was a young kid, Pistol Pete was my hero. My grandfather had dozens of old tapes of Jazz/Hawks games, as Pete was his favorite player. He showed them to me, and I was impressed. I tried to learn all his moves, and pretty much perfected his famous wrist pass. He was one of the greatest highlight reels the NBA has had, but even I consider him overrated.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:55 PM   #38
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I think the wild card for Kobe is having Phil as his coach. If anybody can channel his individual greatness into team greatness it will be Phil. In fact, I think that the challenge is what brought Phil back to the Lakers.

In reality, players are different. I don't ever expect Kobe to be the type of player/leader that Magic was. If he leads the Lakers to more championships I could careless if people still call him a selfish ballhog. He is who he is.
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:44 AM   #40
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Default Re: ESPN compares Kobe to Pistol Pete...

I would compare Kobe to MJ more than anybody else.

Before yall get all uptight, no, Kobe is no where near the same level of greatness as Jordan. However, his ability to take over a game, be super-clutch, and his almost single-minded mentality of win at all costs. They are very similar.

Kobe needs a Pip though.
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